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New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry

Are you in full-time building related employment and want to get started on your carpentry qualification? Learn the fundamentals, preliminary work, support structures, frames and structures, exterior envelope and interior lining and finishing related to the carpentry trade.

Level
4
Credits
320 (2.7 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Part time over 4 years. You must be in full time employment.

Programme overview

Students in this programme are in a formal apprenticeship agreement with an on-site supervisor and Unitec. The majority of your learning will take place through actual and practical work-based settings. Timetabled off-job training sessions complement the workplace learning and focus on integrating your practical workplace learning experiences to make sense of complex situations.

Highlights

  • Flexible study - we have day, evening or block course study options
  • Range of employment and work competencies to increase your fundamental knowledge and skills in order to become a well-rounded commercially competent carpenter
  • Staff who are members of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand, the Registered Master Builders Federation, Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and other industry groups
  • Access to well-equipped workshops

Qualification and what next

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme and your apprenticeship you’ll receive the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) and are considered a trade qualified carpenter.

You can step up into further study in the related programmes:

Admission requirements

For this programme you need:

1. To be working in the construction industry as an employee or contractor

2. Be supervised by someone who has qualifications and/or experience with Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP) and is prepared to support your training. Note: Unitec will arrange the training agreement between you, your employer and Unitec. The agreement will outline the responsibilities of each party to the apprenticeship, and will align with the principles in the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships.

3. Have met one of the following Academic Admission requirements:

  • NCEA Level 2 with a minimum of 10 Level 1 credits in English or Te Reo and 10 Level 1 credits in Mathematics, OR
  • Have attained the Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathway for NCEA level 2, OR
  • Be a graduate of a pre-apprenticeship qualification in a building and construction field such as the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Carpentry Introduction 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4101-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to select tools and equipment of the trade, identify and show an understanding of legislation, consent process and licensing, and identify building types and construction methods and have a basic understanding of each.
Carpentry Introduction 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4101-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to select tools and equipment of the trade, identify and show an understanding of legislation, consent process and licensing, and identify building types and construction methods and have a basic understanding of each.
Carpentry Introduction 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4102-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to use tools and equipment of the trade, and apply appropriate health and safety legislation in everyday construction operations.
Carpentry Introduction 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4102-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to use tools and equipment of the trade, and apply appropriate health and safety legislation in everyday construction operations.
Preliminaries 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4103-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop skills in building mathematics, planning and communication, site establishment and maintenance, and site set-out.
Preliminaries 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4103-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop skills in building mathematics, planning and communication, site establishment and maintenance, and site set-out.
Preliminaries 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4104-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To be able to carry out building mathematics, planning and communication, and, establish and maintain sites.
Preliminaries 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4104-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To be able to carry out building mathematics, planning and communication, and, establish and maintain sites.
Interiors 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4105-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to identify thermal insulation, linings and finishing trim, and carry-out building mathematics.
Interiors 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4105-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable students to identify thermal insulation, linings and finishing trim, and carry-out building mathematics.
Exterior Structures 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4106-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable to fix and brace wall frames, and fix roof support members.
Exterior Structures 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4106-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable to fix and brace wall frames, and fix roof support members.
Walls and Roofs 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4107-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To identify how wall and roof structures, and ceiling framing are constructed, and to perform building mathematics.
Walls and Roofs 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4107-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To identify how wall and roof structures, and ceiling framing are constructed, and to perform building mathematics.
Joinery 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4108-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the principles used to manage weathertightness issues, and install interior joinery.
Joinery 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4108-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the principles used to manage weathertightness issues, and install interior joinery.
Exterior Structures 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4109-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop skills on construction of frames, post and portal construction, and building science.
Exterior Structures 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4109-SB) 5 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop skills on construction of frames, post and portal construction, and building science.
Walls 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4110-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable to construct walls.
Walls 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4110-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To enable to construct walls.
Exterior Envelope 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4111-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To apply building mathematics, and to know about roof and wall cladding.
Exterior Envelope 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4111-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To apply building mathematics, and to know about roof and wall cladding.
Support Structures 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4112-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop knowledge on foundations and retaining walls.
Support Structures 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4112-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To develop knowledge on foundations and retaining walls.
Support Structures 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4113-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct timber framed foundations and sub- floors.
Support Structures 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4113-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct timber framed foundations and sub- floors.
Exterior Envelope 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4114-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To identify roof claddings, joinery and wall claddings.
Exterior Envelope 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4114-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To identify roof claddings, joinery and wall claddings.
Support Structures 3 (Sem A) (CIBC4115-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct retaining walls, and work within code and compliance processes.
Support Structures 3 (Sem B) (CIBC4115-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct retaining walls, and work within code and compliance processes.
Exterior Structures 3 (Sem A) (CIBC4116-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install joinery, hardware and materials.
Exterior Structures 3 (Sem B) (CIBC4116-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install joinery, hardware and materials.
Exterior Structures 4 (Sem A) (CIBC4117-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct decks, and stairs or ramps, and comply with consent and code requirements.
Exterior Structures 4 (Sem B) (CIBC4117-SB) 5 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct decks, and stairs or ramps, and comply with consent and code requirements.
Support Structures 4 (Sem A) (CIBC4118-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct concrete floors.
Support Structures 4 (Sem B) (CIBC4118-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct concrete floors.
Concrete Structures (Sem A) (CIBC4119-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To describe materials, building types and methods, columns, posts, beams and portals and concrete floors.
Concrete Structures (Sem B) (CIBC4119-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To describe materials, building types and methods, columns, posts, beams and portals and concrete floors.
Interiors 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4120-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct ceiling frames, brace and connect roof frame to wall and install wall and ceiling linings.
Interiors 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4120-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct ceiling frames, brace and connect roof frame to wall and install wall and ceiling linings.
Exterior Envelope 3 (Sem A) (CIBC4121-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install wall claddings.
Exterior Envelope 3 (Sem B) (CIBC4121-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install wall claddings.
Exterior Envelope 4 (Sem A) (CIBC4122-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To prepare and install cavity systems, and complete openings for joinery.
Exterior Envelope 4 (Sem B) (CIBC4122-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To prepare and install cavity systems, and complete openings for joinery.
Roofs 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4123-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct roofs, support framing, penetrations, and finishing trim.
Roofs 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4123-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To construct roofs, support framing, penetrations, and finishing trim.
Roofs 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4124-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To use building mathematics and to construct roofs, and ceilings.
Roofs 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4124-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To use building mathematics and to construct roofs, and ceilings.
Preliminaries 3 (Sem A) (CIBC4125-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To explain site establishment and maintenance, drawings and specifications, and develop planning and communication skills.
Preliminaries 3 (Sem B) (CIBC4125-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To explain site establishment and maintenance, drawings and specifications, and develop planning and communication skills.
Preliminaries 4 (Sem A) (CIBC4126-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To know legislation, consents and licensing, and building science. Students will identify and take up opportunities for ongoing development of carpentry knowledge and skills, establish and sustain supervision systems and consistently demonstrate appropriate levels of commercial competence when undertaking carpentry tasks.
Preliminaries 4 (Sem B) (CIBC4126-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To know legislation, consents and licensing, and building science. Students will identify and take up opportunities for ongoing development of carpentry knowledge and skills, establish and sustain supervision systems and consistently demonstrate appropriate levels of commercial competence when undertaking carpentry tasks.
Exterior Envelope 5 (Sem A) (CIBC4127-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install roof claddings.
Exterior Envelope 5 (Sem B) (CIBC4127-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install roof claddings.
Interiors 3 (Sem A) (CIBC4128-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install finishing trim, joinery, and hardware.
Interiors 3 (Sem B) (CIBC4128-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To install finishing trim, joinery, and hardware.
Alterations and Additions (Sem A) (CIBC4129-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To disestablish sites, plan and undertake demolition, and form penetrations in ceilings, and framed floors.
Alterations and Additions (Sem B) (CIBC4129-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To disestablish sites, plan and undertake demolition, and form penetrations in ceilings, and framed floors.
Preliminaries 5 (Sem A) (CIBC4130-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To apply knowledge of legislation, consents and licensing, drawings and specifications and site establishment and maintenance.
Preliminaries 5 (Sem B) (CIBC4130-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To apply knowledge of legislation, consents and licensing, drawings and specifications and site establishment and maintenance.
Capstone 1 (Sem A) (CIBC4131-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To self-manage on-going learning and supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the construction industry. They will also operate competently and unsupervised to the required safety, technical, quality and productivity standards expected in a commercial environment.
Capstone 1 (Sem B) (CIBC4131-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) o self-manage on-going learning and supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the construction industry. They will also operate competently and unsupervised to the required safety, technical, quality and productivity standards expected in a commercial environment.
Capstone 2 (Sem A) (CIBC4132-SA) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To operate competently and unsupervised to the required safety, technical, quality and productivity standards expected in a commercial environment. They will also supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the construction industry.
Capstone 2 (Sem B) (CIBC4132-SB) 5.0 credits (0.042 EFTS) To operate competently and unsupervised to the required safety, technical, quality and productivity standards expected in a commercial environment. They will also supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the construction industry.